"Help us help you" - Al Smith

Hi Al,

This will be your web page on this website.

I chose "smith" as the file name since it was easy to remember for people wanting to type the URL www.miep.us/smith into their browser.

We can discuss other names if you wish. When we agree on the name, I will give you edit authority so you can change it anytime you wish. It's easy and I will show you how.

I will delete this section after you have seen it. I've copied your post below as a starter for the content of this page.

I want to provide links in your note to our 911 Signs and Access web page in the left sidebar.

I just noticed the line "...with a standard green name sign, ..." in paragraph 3.Didn't you mean "red" name sign?

A variation of the following note was posted by Al Smith a year ago on 8/12/2010. Click here to view, if you wish. Al will be updating it and re-posting it to the Island Net on at last an annual basis.


This is a very important message. On 8/12/2010, I had just returned from a serious medical emergency. It was a situation made worse by the fact that we were unable to locate the residence, due to the fact that there were NO address (911) signs posted for this particular residence.

The situation was made more confusing, as the addresses on this road are a little out of sequence, as you arrive at a higher address before the lower one we were looking for, which was down yet another unmarked drive. The

department has hammered on this before, but I wanted to take this opportunity to make the point again. This was a patient that needed to be seen quickly, but our response was delayed unneccessarily, for several minutes. Those minutes are very critical.

There was one more thing that added to the confusion here. The road where this incident occurred is not marked with a standard green name sign, and more than one responding unit drove past, and more time was wasted as a

result. The road in question here is marked with a nice wooden sign posted at a level lower than expected, and can be seen from only ONE direction. To ALL who live on similarly marked roads, I strongly suggest that you get a

standard sign in place. Not everyone who responds here lives on the island or knows where the road is. Responders have the expectation of seeing standard markings.

I cannot emphasize enough, the importance of having your home marked so as to be easily located. Get as many address signs as you need, in order to help us respond to you quickly. Medical emergencies and fires don't wait

for us. Please help us help you.

Al Smith

Company Officer

EJFR Sta. 12, Marrowstone